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Houston Dynamo – Fans, Supporters, and a Loss in San Jose

Official Houston Dynamo Reporter

By Darbi Lockridge // @sonchyenne

San Jose v Houston: 2-0

Soccer fans and pundits alike were quick to dismiss the Houston Dynamo’s early season success the result of an easy schedule. While their MLS schedule was light, they were testing their depth through Open Cup matches and some lingering injuries.

They came out of the first two months of the season with two games in hand, having had an opportunity test and trust the depth that they have attempted to build. As spring turned to summer, the team faltered and the momentum that was built in the first part of the season is struggling to sustain us through a month where our only win has come against a USL team. 

If the early part of the Dynamo season was exceptionally light, the summer months are more than making up for it with a brutal schedule of six away matches out of ten in June and July. Grabbing even one early away point would have been a great way to maintain some momentum and keep the faith of the fans. Sadly, no points were earned in San Jose as the Quakes sealed a solid 2-0 victory on Thursday night.    

The defeat was no one’s fault but the players on the pitch. They had chances to score and made mistakes that cost them goals – no more and no less. Every stakeholder – players, coaching staff, management, and fans – is now left to sit with another loss and wonder what comes next. 

Readers may have noticed by now – my MLSFemale articles aren’t the typical play-by-play reviews that are found on many media outlets. In fact, I often struggle to remember to include the scores in some of my articles! Because I was a supporter long before I was writing about the team, I refuse to leave that part of me behind when it’s writing time.

Many people on social media are quick to call out the familiar scapegoats; #BrenerOut is all over as are complaints about Kevin Garcia, but I don’t buy it. Owners are owners, and Garcia is a player that has had more good plays this season than bad as I see it.

If we want to talk about mistakes in San Jose, I’m more likely to call out favorites like Boniek Garcia and Adam Lundqvist for bad passes and touches in the midfield. And I believe that if I had the opportunity to ask my guys in orange, they would say the same.

Individuals have bad games and good games, but we win or lose AS. A. TEAM. I know that I reference him often in my articles, but my Dynamo Twitter King puts it perfectly.  

We are all in this together, and I believe that this is where we draw the line between fans and supporters for the Houston Dynamo. Are you there to watch, revel in victory, and complain in defeat? Or are you there to bleed Orange despite the results?

I’m in it, no matter what, until the end of the season every season. And I’m happy to share my views on the match and my team after every match with MLSFemale readers. You’ll hear from me again after the Dynamo travel to battle New England this Saturday.   

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Dynamo and Timbers Draw, 1-1, In Houston

Official Houston Dynamo Reporter

By Darbi Lockridge // @sonchyenne

The Houston Dynamo and the Portland Timbers are two of the most intense clubs currently playing in MLS. Houston is an underrated squad on a hot-streak with a lot to prove, while Portland is an MLS late model flagship that had a rough start to the 2019 season, frantic to regain status.

When two groups like this meet, especially in the steamy humidity of a late spring Houston evening, tempers rise with the temperature and teams often play powderkeg matches just waiting for a spark.

The match was predictably physical, and the Dynamo once again showed off their offensive dominance in the first half. Portland’s defenders were pushing hard, but the Dynamo were relentless. The incessant Dynamo offense paid off in the 40th minute when Mauro Manotas scored his sixth goal of the season.

The Timbers’s number 4 defender, Jorge Villafaña, stuck to Houston’s Alberth Elis in the early part of the match with aggressive tactics I haven’t seen since the dance floor at my last college party. His handsy defense moved on to cover Boniek Garcia later in the half which would be the spark that this match was waiting for.

Of all of the players on the Dynamo roster, Oscar Boniek Garcia is known for his likability and consistently happy demeanor. The Honduran native is known to play with a smile on his face, so the early signs of hostility toward the Timbers were apparent to most fans around the stadium.

His usual sportsmanlike play was replaced with rough challenges and post-drop stare-downs. As the captain’s patience faded, the rest of the team seemed to match his mood and the play on the field began to show lots of strain.

Even the halftime break was not enough to cool tempers for the Portland or Houston players as the rough play continued with the start of the second half whistle.

At 50 minutes, after a tough challenge in the midfield left Dynamo player Tomas Martinez on the pitch, Portland denied to play the ball out while he recovered. This led to lots of words and more than a few shoves exchanged between several of the players, but no cards were issued as a result of the dust up.

Contentious matches like this one should be controlled by the officials, who can maintain fairness and hold players to a reasonable standard. In this match, the players and the match were in the hands of well-known referee Ted Unkel.

The eccentric officiating favored both and neither teams at different points in the match, and Unkel ultimately concluded the match with no radio after tossing it to the sideline late in the second half.

Portland leveled the match shortly after a 65th minute substitution brought on their recent Argentinian acquisition Brian Fernández, and the match concluded with the 1-1 draw. While both teams played desperately for all three points, I consider the match to be a lucky draw – the real win being both teams walking away with no serious injuries and no disciplinary suspensions.

The Dynamo’s depth will be tested again at their third match in eight days against D.C. United on Saturday at home.

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Houston DynamOpening Day!

Official Houston Dynamo Reporter

By Darbi Lockridge // @sonchyenne

Since my family’s first MLS Opening Day, we have latched on to the termDynamOpening Day” for this annual holiday. For us, it’s bigger than Christmas and certainly comes with all of the stress, anticipation, spending and celebrating of that occasion.

It seems that 2019 is a year of true awakening for the Houston Dynamo community. The off-season change in management has sparked new and exciting action in many different areas of the club, the fan base and the overall experience. We have seen more updates to the stadium experience than in years past. One of the supporters groups, El Batallon, released an album of their chants in order to help fans learn the songs and sing along.

I joined MLSFemale due to my own interest in promoting the club to a wider audience, which brings you this article today! I feel like our family holiday is also finding a wider audience, and I can’t wait to watch it grow in popularity around my community.

While I cannot say that #DynamOpeningDay didn’t come with a share of disappointments, there is simply nothing like the feeling that I have when I get to BBVA Compass Stadium for the first match of the MLS season. Even the weather respected the importance of the day when an unseasonably long and heavy cloud cover opened, bringing more sunshine than I expected to see over our tailgate.

One of my favorite parts of the supporters section experience is lifting the large flag after each goal. You can see the view from the rest of the stadium in my Twitter header…but the best view is from beneath, in my opinion.

Our play against Real Salt Lake was definitely rough, with fouls flying from both ends. When an early barrage of yellow cards went to RSL, I thought that we might have an uncharacteristically friendly referee. Later calls, including a second yellow card to Matias Vera, left us with the familiar suspicion that the Dynamo fight a pair of opponents on the pitch. Fans were most upset by the Boniek Garcia goal called offside in minute 76—all ticket holders in the stadium could have gone home with a $40 gift card from 76 gas stations had the call gone the other way.

We did not go home empty-handed, however. The Dynamo came back from a deficit to finish the match tied at 1-1, so we take a point into the rest of the season.

#MLSIsBack, but our eyes turn again to the CONCACAF Champions League where we face competition favorite Tigres UANL on Tuesday, March 5. We will tackle MLS again when we face the Montreal Impact a few short days later on March 9.

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